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Monday, September 27, 2010

I-15 Construction Will Hamper LDS Conference Travel

The LDS (Mormon) Church will hold its general conference this weekend at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The semi-annual event will bring thousands of people to the downtown area on both Saturday and Sunday. Traffic will be heavy and parking spots will be harder to find.

Traffic problems may be a little more intense this year because of the massive I-15 CORE road construction project. The Daily Herald newspaper has this article that gives details about road closures and provides tip to travelers. Below are excerpts.

Freeway traffic during LDS General Conference weekend is typically congested as people attend mission reunions and other meetings. This coming weekend is no exception. UDOT's Interstate 15 CORE project will have overnight closures, with one full freeway closure, and a traffic switch just about the same time visitors from all over the world are coming to Utah.

"We want to let people know that while we close at night, we try to do these restrictions when we impact the least amount of people," said Scott Thompson, CORE spokesman. "We are trying to minimize the inconvenience."

Thompson hopes that people would leave earlier and return a bit later as they attend conference. He also suggests mission friends try to carpool to their mission reunions on Friday. Above all he asks, "Please be patient; we're building a freeway."

The first closure will be at 500 East in American Fork. All lanes on northbound I-15 will be closed at 500 East in American Fork on Friday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. while crews set bridge girders on the south bridge of the new interchange. All lanes on southbound I-15 will close Saturday. Lane restrictions will begin at 8 p.m. leading to the full closure at 11 p.m. with traffic diverting to on- and off-ramps. In addition, the 500 East bridge will be closed both nights. For east and west access, motorists are advised to use 100 East or 300 West in American Fork or Pleasant Grove Boulevard.

The other closure will be a full closure on the south end of the corridor at 2700 North in Spanish Fork. Both directions of I-15 will be closed between 400 South in Springville and Main Street in Spanish Fork on Oct. 4 from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Crews will be pouring concrete into pre-cast decks at the 2700 North Bridge. Lane restrictions will begin at 9 p.m. Traffic on I-15 will be detoured to Spanish Fork Main Street and State Road 77 (400 South in Springville). Motorists on U.S. 6 traveling to northbound I-15 will be detoured to State Road 51 and U.S. 89 (Main Street in Springville). Motorists from U.S. 6 to southbound I-15 will not be affected.

Read the full article.

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